2015 Fess Parker "Ashley's Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

SKU #1304805 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This elegant bottling is named after the late actor-turned-vintner's daughter, who still runs the company. It features well-integrated aromas of cherry, rhubarb and smoke. That smoke also shows on the palate, where piquant raspberry, dried lavender, thyme, rosemary and allspice sizzle toward a lively finish. (MK)  (12/2017)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Brought up in just under 40% new French oak, the 2015 Chardonnay Ashley's is a beautiful, classic Chardonnay that offers loads of pleasure, in a vintage that's all too often tart, bitter and charmless. Orchard fruits, buttered citrus and toasty/brioche-like nuances all emerge from this nicely textured Chardonnay that has bright acidity and a good finish. I always love tasting through the Fess Parker lineup and these wines always possess texture and richness, yet have singular, balanced profiles that keep them interesting and enjoyable. The wines are made by Blaire Fox, and are good values in more than a few cases.  (8/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chardonnay Ashley's Vineyard opens with lemon curd, white grapefruit and yuzu scents over suggestions of allspice, croissant and honeysuckle. The elegant, medium-bodied palate offers plenty of zesty citrus and spice layers, with a nice touch of silkiness and good length. (LPB)  (9/2017)

91 points Vinous

 The 2015 Chardonnay Ashley's is another dense, rich wine that expresses the natural intensity of the year. Today, the Ashley's offers striking texture, but less in the way of aromatic nuance. It will be interesting to see if some of that develops with more time in bottle. (AG)  (9/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Rich and well-sculpted, with plenty of acidity behind the green apple, ripe citrus and pear tart flavors. Melon and tropical fruit notes linger on the finish, showing plenty of spice. Drink now through 2022. (KM)  (10/2017)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1